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Constructing, creating, communicating, collaborating, and thinking critically in grade 5.

January 30, 2012
by Denise Krebs
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Painting Barn Quilts: Geniuses at Work

Thanks for visiting our barn quilt blog posts. Click on anyone’s name to read that person’s post about our latest project. (If you don’t know whose to read, just pick your favorite number between 1-33 and go to that blog post.) Enjoy! And we always appreciate your comments. Thanks!

  1. Andrew

  2. Becca

  3. Tyler

  4. Justin

  5. Chandler

  6. Christina

  7. Grace

  8. Jason

  9. Krayton

  10. Meghan

  11. Paris

  12. Paul

  13. Shiann

  14. Jaci

  15. Vanessa

  16. Atze

  17. Anna

  18. Brian

  19. Anna

  20. Joey

  21. Paige

  22. Deven

  23. Cesar

  24. Cooper

  25. Lauren

  26. Dustin

  27. Jared

  28. Jason

  29. Jade

  30. Kaylee

  31. Madison

  32. Thomas

  33. Lucas

January 18, 2012
by Denise Krebs

Time for Tebow

My students read the ESPN article by Rick Reilly: “I believe in Tim Tebow,” in class yesterday while I was at a meeting. Many of them wrote letters to Tim Tebow as a result.


Some made comics.


One wrote two songs.


And a couple wrote a blog post about him.


January 10, 2012
by Denise Krebs

Mark Brown’s “Take a Stand”

Today my students got to go to see a remarkable man sharing about how to Take a Stand against bullying. He was delightful and had his audience of 700+ middle schoolers laughing, crying, and listening to each of his words. A few of them wrote about the talk on their brand new blogs:


Here is a video of Mark Brown and his anti-bullying program.

January 9, 2012
by Denise Krebs
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Monday Mashups

Students have been busy posting this past week in our Week of Blogging Challenge. Today’s challenge was Monday Mashups. Most of us had fun with, a great mashup Web 2.0 app.

A mashup of the website.

Here are some of the students’ creations for Monday Mashup. Notice they used only Creative Commons licensed images that allowed for derivatives or subscription clipart for the original pieces.

Andrew – Denali
Becca – Love
Justin – Truck
Chandler – Dirt Bike
Christina – Rose
Krayton – Ice Cream
Meghan – Got Hoops?
Paris – Cheetah
Paul – Jacked-up Car
Shiann – Horse and Guitar
Vanessa – Zebra

January 9, 2012
by Denise Krebs

Fortune Cookie Quote

Tyler wrote this sweet saying on the whiteboard this morning. He had seen it in a fortune cookie, and has been sharing it with the world ever since.

Before the mashup

It’s Monday Mashup, so here’s what I did with the image…

I used First I cropped the image to just show the quote. Then I edited the words with Artsy Effect, Sketcher #1. Finally, I added Photo Effect, Sunburst #1.

More info about Monday Mashup.

Students’ Monday Mashups Posts

January 6, 2012
by Denise Krebs
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Many Ways to Share A Book

No more reading response logs for us. Instead, we are going to share a book a month. You can share in any way you like, but here is a list of genius ideas to get you started.

  1. Produce a book trailer.
  2. Write a book review and post it on your blog.
  3. Create a Glog.
  4. Record a podcast book talk.
  5. Carve a symbol (out of soap or wood or ?) representing the theme of the book.
  6. Design a Scratch animation or game.
  7. Build a Lego or balsa wood setting of the novel.
  8. Edit a newspaper with articles, ads, comics, etc. about your book.
  9. Make a ToonDoo showing the conflict and resolution.
  10. Write a Storybird summarizing your book.

I considered making a list of 50 items, like my fifth grade teacher gave to our class back in the day. Mr. Franksten’s list was on paper, and I treasured it. We had to do something different for each book, and I enjoyed the challenge.

Today, though, I realized I didn’t need to write “50 ways to share a book” because so many others have already done it. Here are links to some great lists: 50 Ways and 75 Ways and 9l Ways.

Anything goes!

Be creative!

Share your genius!

January 6, 2012
by Denise Krebs

Off the Cuff Thursday Posts

Students wrote about anything they wanted to today. Here are their posts.

Anna – My Summer Vacation
Jade – Realistic and Unrealistic Goals for Summer
Deven – Five Best Apps
Anna – Hi
Jaci – Mixed-Matched Socks
Grace – Basketball
Shiann – Iowa
Meghan – Basketball Game
Vanessa – Inspiration
Justin – RC Cars
Becca – Basketball
Andrew – Minecraft
Paul – Writing a Children’s Book
Christina – New Glasses
Krayton – Basketball
Paris – Basketball
Chandler – Building a Birdhouse
Jason – Auction

January 2, 2012
by Denise Krebs

Blogging Ideas

A Week's Worth of Blogging

A week of blogging…

Monday Mashup

Using a photo from a friend or a photo with the right CC license, make a mashup using a cool editing program. Then publish it on your blog. Don’t forget to share with the original owner what you did and properly attribute the photo to the original owner too. Licenses to look for:

Tuesday Listicle

A listicle is a portmandeau (two words combined to make a new word) from “list article.” Listicles are written all over the blogosphere, magazines and newspapers. “Ten Random Things About Me” is an idea for a listicle, for instance. (Or “Ten Things I Wish I Never Would Have Lost” or “Ten New Year’s Resolutions I Could Never Keep”) What ideas do you have for Listicles?

Wordless Wednesday

Get out your camera or use a photo you have already taken. Choose a picture that tells a story. Post it, letting it speak for itself.

Off-the-Cuff Thursday

What’s on your mind today? Write a blog post about what interests you today.

Freelance Friday

Publish something you love that you have already written — a poem, a short story, a novel excerpt, or a book review. Be sure it is in excellent shape — check conventions.

Serendipitous Saturday and Sunday

Use the weekend to do any of the above that you want more of!

What other ideas do you and your classmates have for blogging?

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